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Grin, Gripe, Let Go: 3 Ways to Compartmentalize Unsolicited Advice

When you become a mom, you suddenly realize you’ve been surrounded by parenting experts all along. Well-intentioned family members, online acquaintances, even the elderly stranger you meet in the HyVee checkout line is full of golden nuggets of wisdom you didn’t even ask for (or necessarily want, for that matter)! It can be overwhelming to […]

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Mom “Dates” in the Corridor: Girls’ Night Ideas For All Budgets!

Getting together with a girlfriend or two is a treat! Do your planning conversations ever go like this? “So, what should we do?” “I don’t know. What were you thinking?” “It doesn’t really matter to me. What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What’s going on around town?” If this is your life, […]

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My Greatest Parenting Wish

My husband and I were sitting in the living room the other night, talking about our day, when our oldest came in and sat down nearby. She was listening at first, but then she started contributing to the conversation. I don’t even remember what we were discussing, but the experience left me thinking about how […]

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The Hygge To-Do List: 15 Ways to Embrace Cozy This Winter

It’s that time of the year. The twinkle and promises of the holiday season are fading away, leaving us with broken resolutions and frozen noses. There’s a reason January is both hot tea month and national soup month–after the New Year’s Eve glitter falls, we could use some warmth and comfort. This weekend, skip the […]

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A House Divided: Finding Unity Amidst Differing Opinions

Whether it’s by faith, politics, or parenting strategies, for numerous reasons, many of us live in a divided household. For example, I am a Catholic and my husband was raised Methodist. I am a veteran parent of 13 years and my husband is a newbie. The parenting strategies we were raised with were different; therefore, […]

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Thanksgiving Hostess Hacks to Save Your Time and Sanity

Whether you typically celebrate Thanksgiving at your home or visit family and friends, it’s no secret that hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful undertaking. Attempting to clean (and maintain) a house with children, prepping food, and worrying about making your guests feel welcomed can easily drive any mom to snatch a whole pie to […]

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